Foodservice Opinions

Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.

This Week in Foodservice: January Retail Sales Rise, RBI to Buy Popeyes, Food Away From Home Leads Consumer Price Index Increase and Whole Foods Intros Fast-Casual

Retail sales in the U.S. rose in January with restaurants outperforming most retail sectors. Popeyes Lousiana Kitchen will be purchased by Restaurant Brands International. The consumer price index for food was up in January with food away from home leading the way. Wendy’s investment in Arby’s pays off big. The Whole Foods grocery chain introduces a fast-casual restaurant concept. Starbucks tests ice cream. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

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This Week in Foodservice: How Sysco Sales Translate, Local Sourcing ups Food Safety Risks and Tech Pays off for Panera

Sysco reports sales increased. The use of local sourcing and organic ingredients increases food safety risks. The number of c-stores grew last year but at a very slow rate. Fast-food restaurant traffic was flat last year while traffic at other restaurants declined. Technology investment pays off for Panera Bread.

This Week in Foodservice: Foodservice Operators Kept Hiring in January; Walmart’s Latest C-Store Concept; Takeout Meals Continue to Grow

The National Restaurant Association reports December restaurant performance remained modest. Foodservice operators kept hiring in January. Walmart introduces another C-store concept. Technomic says takeout food meal sales are continuing to grow.

Consultant's Viewpoint: It is Time to Transform the School Food Experience

We have all had virtually the same school foodservice experience, right? You get dismissed for lunch, you walk down the stainless steel line, the lunch lady puts food on a five-compartment tray (whoever invented that item must be rich) and you choose white or chocolate milk. As you got older, perhaps you had an additional choice of entree or you could purchase an a la carte item. Extra fries, anyone?

You did What?…

It was rather late in the production schedule for this month's issue, when I was made aware that Editorial Director Joe Carbonara, for whom I have the utmost love and respect, had commissioned an unscheduled piece of editorial on the predicted impact of a Trump presidency on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry. I wasn't thrilled ... for a couple of reasons.

Creative Destruction

The business community has had some big hits as of late. Department store giant Macy's announced plans to close 100 of its brick and mortar locations across the country in an effort to stabilize its operations. Sears unveiled plans to sell its Craftsman brand of tools to Stanley Black & Decker for $900 million.

John Orr, Technical Service Manager, CFESA master technician and certified refrigeration trainer, RSI, Dallas

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Driving up ROI with Preventative Maintenance

When it comes to calculating return on investment for foodservice equipment, the equation includes two key variables: cost and time. Proper maintenance techniques can help extend the life of equipment and lessen costly repairs or frequent replacements — boosting an operator’s ROI.

Samuel Stanovich Creates a Culture of Communication

Sam Stanovich has been involved in the hospitality industry more than two decades. Prior to his current position as area representative and franchisee for Firehouse Subs, he served as director and partner, product development and industry relations, for the National Restaurant Association. Stanovich also served as president and CEO of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and spent 12 years working for Marriott International.

Mobile Apps Well-Perceived, Restaurateur Danny Meyer Adds Two, and Economic News on the Plus-Side Overall

A cautionary tale about mobile apps. Despite strong sales, rising expenses force some New York City restaurants to close. Danny Meyer invests in two new concepts. McDonald’s CEO looks to technology to drive business improvements. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice.

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